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Brookshire Family Fund

Ed and Barbara Brookshire

Year Founded

Barbara Brookshire

Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide financial support for scholarships, charitable projects, and charities as suggested by Barbara Brookshire and approved by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Community Foundation, provided that such programs and contributions are consistent with the exempt purposes and status of the Foundation. It is understood that award recipients may not be members or family members of the founding contributor, advisory committees or the Foundation Board of Directors. 

History of Fund
Having vastly different backgrounds, Ed and Barbara Brookshire have been fortunate to have enjoyed more than 55 years of togetherness. The couple met in 1949, during a time in which the  Methodist Church Overseas Relief was seeking homes and employment for families who had been in concentration camps. Ed made many visits to the local church office to inquire about a family.  Barbara, who is from Chicago, worked in the church office. The couple was married just five weeks before a Ukrainian family of four arrived from Germany.

Ed comes from a family with a tradition of steadfast loyalty to the farm that has been in the family since 1891. After his years at Purdue and six years as Herdsman at the Indiana State Hospital, Ed returned to operate the family’s business. A dairy farm since 1916, Brookshire Farms was known for its outstanding production. 

Barbara used the knowledge she gained on the farm in the classroom, helping children to understand where food comes from through a course called Farming in the Classroom.  Barbara was active in the Dairy Association and in the Extension Homemakers, and represented the state in an exchange program to Scotland. 

Grant/ Payout History
First Grant Awarded

2008  $7,746.22
Most Recent Grant Awarded

2017  $8,290.00
Total Grant Awards


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